Last week I was pretty cheesed off with my flatmate (sorry Tanya!) because she couldn't find one of my favourite CD's.
After a gruelling day at the office, I went home, watched some movies and decided to clean the flat and listen to alternative rock group the Cranberries. After a 30 minute search I gave up and silently fumed at her. All this at 01:00 in the morning!
Call me mad (which she did), but I'm one of those people that need to listen to certain music when I'm in a certain mood and during last week's pms, fuelled I-hate-the-world and don't-believe-in-love mood, I really felt the need to headbang to some sad, soppy, angry songs. Yes, at 01:00 in the morning!
Believed to be a universal language, music moves people.
Here's a list of (some) music that either moves me near to tears or lifts my spirits to cloud nine:
For a broken heart:
- Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
- Linger - the Cranberries
- No need to argue - the Cranberries
- For a while - Nina Simone
When I'm feeling down:
- Somewhere over the rainbow (from the Wizard of Oz)
- I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
- What the world needs now - Dionne Warwick
When I'm happy:
- Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra
- Try a little tenderness - the Commitments
- Ain't no mountain high enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrel
- Ndilinde - Thandiswa
- River Deep Mountain High - Tina Turner
- Meadowlands - Miriam Makeba
When I'm mad at the world:
- Ta il ayam (A qasida about the senseless killings in Palestine)
- What He means - Just Jinger
- Smile - Charlie Chaplin (Can you believe an silent movie actor wrote this song?)
- Redemption song - Bob Marley
Feeling good about myself:
- Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
- Respect - Aretha Franklin
- They can't that away from me - Ella Fitzgerald
To dance to:
- Girls just wanna have fun - Cyndi Lauper
- I've had the time of my life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
- You're my everything - Sante Esmerelda
- Must be talking to an angel - the Eurythmics
- Ribbon in the sky - Stevie Wonder
- My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
- The Glory of love - Bette Midler
Judging by this list, I'd say I have an eclectic taste in music and a bit of an old soul. But then again, today's music isn't what it used to be, is it?
"So I say thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy they're bringing. Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty. What would life be? Without a song or a dance what are we?"